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 Emergency officials near Georgia's coast are investigating how to prevent future failures of an outdoor tornado siren system.

The Savannah Morning News reports that the sirens were silent before a tornado passed through the Wilmington Island area east of Savannah on May 4.

Forecasters say a tornado passed through the Wilmington Island area, east of Savannah.

The National Weather Service confirmed the tornado hit Chatham County on Saturday afternoon. It says it received a report of a roof collapse and a minor injury at the Savannah Yacht Club.

Forecasters say they will send a survey team to the area to determine more details about the tornado, including its strength.

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The National Weather Service confirmed on Tuesday that four tornadoes touched down in Georgia during a storm system last week.

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Powerful storms swept across the South on Sunday after unleashing suspected tornadoes and flooding that killed at least eight people, injured dozens and flattened much of a Texas town. Three children were among the dead.

Nearly 90,000 customers were without electricity in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Georgia as of midday Sunday, according to www.poweroutage.us as the severe weather left a trail of destruction.

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Severe weather that moved across the southern U.S. on Saturday left at least eight people dead, injured dozens of others and ravaged numerous homes in its path.

Two children, ages 3 and 8, were killed in eastern Texas when a tree fell on the car in which they were traveling. Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches said in a statement that the children, who were in the car with their parents during the storm, were pronounced dead on the scene.

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Talbot County is asking for volunteers to come to town Saturday to help the community clean up the mess left by the tornado that struck the city of Talbotton last weekend.


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As people across the state continue to clean up from Sunday’s tornadoes, Georgia lawmakers continue to push for more federal disaster relief funding.


 

A tornado whipped through Southeast Alabama Sunday evening along the Georgia border, causing injuries and property damage through both states. Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency in Grady, Harris and Talbot counties on Monday due to storm damage. The Lee County sheriff said 23 people have died thus far in the Alabama county where the tornado touched down.

GPB's Grant Blankenship joined "On Second Thought" to discuss his reporting on the storm's impact in Georgia. He said affected areas in Georgia are some of the same ones still recovering from Hurricane Michael.

 


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Communities in West Georgia have been declared in states of emergency by Gov. Brian Kemp following tornadoes that battered the region Sunday, and an emergency shelter has opened that can accommodate 100 people.

As GPB’s Grant Blankenship reports from the city of Talbotton, some of the losses were generational.

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Gov. Brian Kemp declared on Monday a state of emergency in Grady, Harris and Talbot counties after a tornado killed at least 23 people in southeastern Alabama on Sunday.

The death toll may rise, Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones told reporters Monday morning.

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A tornado whipped through Southeast Alabama Sunday evening along the Georgia border, causing injuries and property damage through both states. Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency in Grady, Harris and Talbot counties on Monday due to storm damage. The Lee County sheriff said 23 people have died thus far in the Alabama county where the tornado touched down.

GPB's Grant Blankenship joined "On Second Thought" to discuss his reporting on the storm's impact in Georgia. He said affected areas in Georgia are some of the same ones still recovering from Hurricane Michael.


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Originally published Sunday, March 3 at 8:47 p.m. This story has been updated.

A sheriff confirmed at least 23 people were killed Sunday by a possible tornado in Alabama as severe storms destroyed mobile homes, snapped trees and left a trial of destruction and weather warnings extending into Georgia, Florida and South Carolina.

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The wet weather over the last week brought more than rain to the South. Record-setting rainfall was recorded in Alabama and Tennessee. In Georgia, a tornado touched down in Coweta County. Also, a flood warning remains in effect until further notice for the Coosa River near plant Hammond in Floyd County.

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As heavy rain swept through Georgia over the weekend, parts of the state experienced severe weather. National Weather Service Meteorologist Pete Wolf says unusually warm temperatures, and humid air collided with a cold front to create a supercell tornado in Southeast Georgia, a type of storm usually seen in the Midwest.

 

“It was a rare scenario that set up for us that allowed that type of storm to develop," Wolf explained. "It developed very intense rotation and then as it moved into Camden County it created a tornado that approached Kings Bay Naval Base.”

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The threat of severe weather is over, but Georgia residents, especially those in Haralson and south Fulton counties, are waking up to serious damage.

Officials with the National Weather Service will investigate today whether the damage was caused by a tornado or tornadoes.

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The contents of a child’s room–baby dolls, blankets, toys–line the ditch in front of Cary Westbrook’s house in Radium Springs not far outside Albany. She hasn’t lived there since January. The windows are nailed dark with nine month old plywood and the roof is gone.

 

“It’s not habitable at all. At all,” Westbrook said.

 

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There is a mountain of shredded trees next to a church on Gillionville Road in Albany.

On a recent morning with the morning fog yet to lift, Brian Jefferson hauled in the day’s first load. About 20 cubic yards of limbs and tree trunks dumped at the bottom of a pile 30 feet tall and with a footprint of a ball field. Jefferson has made a lot of these trips since storms and tornados hit an eight county swath of South Georgia on January 2.

“I was working 11 hours, seven days a week. It’s just long,” he said.

A single tornado can cause a lot of damage. But even worse are tornado outbreaks. Just this week, a cluster of at least 18 tornadoes struck the Southeast over two days.

Scientists are seeing bigger clusters in recent years, and they're struggling to figure out what's happening.

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